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June 2, 2009
North Korea’s frail leader chooses a successor

In the space of just over a week, North Korea has exploded a nuclear bomb, fired six short-range missiles and prompted the U.S. and South Korea to raise their alert levels. And on Tuesday yet another surprise emerged from North Korea  — word of a possible successor to Kim Jung-il, North Korea’s frail and reclusive leader.

South Korea’s national intelligence service reports that Kim Jung-il has chosen his third son, Kim Jongun.

John Park, a Senior Research Associate with the United States Institute of Peace, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the significance of the announcement, Kim Jong-un’s attitude toward the West and regional tension over projected missile tests.

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#3

TOO KIM JUNG IL. TOO KIM ILL SUNGS SON .PLEASE RELEASE THE SOUTH KOREAN HOTAGES.IM COMING BACK TOO KOREA .YOU CAN RELEASE THEM OR WE CAN FIGHT IT OUT.AN AMERICAN WITH FAMILYS THERE.TAKE YOUR PICK IDONT CARE.ILOVE THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH. DONT MAKE ME CHOOSE SIDES.MY FAMILY IS IN THE SOUTH.

#2

[…] the Dear Leader is himself divine. Instead of an election, even a sham election, Kim Jung Il has designated his youngest son to succeed him. Most North Koreans don’t know that other countries select their […]

#1

A game on the Korean missile is released! It’s on: http://www.korea-nuke.com

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